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Going Viral: Lessons Learned During the Covid-19 Pandemic
3 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
GOING VIRAL: Siouxland School District Mourns Death of Beloved Teacher
The community of Moville, Iowa and the Woodbury Central School District is grieving the loss of a beloved middle school social studies teacher and volleyball coach. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Woodbury Central School Board Member Donny Reblitz who shares more information about the life of 53-year-old Cherie Dandurand. Reblitz is a contributor to the Siouxland Public Media Special Project “Going Viral: Lesson’s Learned During the Pandemic.
3 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
SCCSD Moves to Hybrid Learning After Winter Break and Addresses COVID-19 Reporting Concerns
The Sioux City Community School Board took action to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep students and staff safe. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer with a wrap-up of last night’s meeting. The Sioux City Community School Board unanimously voted Monday night to return to hybrid learning after Winter Break on January 4, 2020. The district started the first two-weeks with students either attending class on Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday. After lengthy and sometimes contentious debate, the board is also requiring school leaders provide more information in reporting COVID-19 numbers. “We have done a will full act of omission and we haven’t provided that information to the board or to the public. My recommendation is we start immediately.” That’s Board Member Dan Greenwell, who along with Taylor Goodvin pushed for the move that will track positive rest results, quarantine numbers, absenteeism related to COVID and other illness for students, teachers and personel in direct
5 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
GOING VIRAL: High School Counselor Battles COVID-19 and Shares Concerns About School Safety
West High School Counselor Bernie Scolaro talked to SPM's Sheila Brummer about her personal battle with COVID-19 and thoughts on school safety. Scolaro has worked at West High School for more than 20 years and also spent time at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools and at Catholic Charities as a counselor. She is the current Vice President of the Siouxland Uniserv Unit for teachers and is the Past President of the Sioux City Education Association.
19 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
INTERVIEW: Sioux City School Board Members Call for More COVID-19 Transparency
Two members of the Sioux City Community School Board say the district needs to be more transparent when it comes to releasing information about COVID-19 so they can make informed decisions during the pandemic. A weekly report is expected tomorrow. One of the two members, Dan Greenwell, talked to SPM’s Sheila Brummer about concerns he shares with board member Taylor Goodvin. Full statement from the Sioux City Community School District: The Sioux City Community School District is working collaboratively with the full Board to maintain timely and transparent communication for our families and the public about all COVID-19 and Return-to-Learn topics. Each Board meeting offers an opportunity for the Board to weigh in on these topics and guide District action. These discussions are all public and fully transparent to keep the community informed. Additionally, COVID-19 case details are released each week by the District.
4 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Debate Surrounding Safety in Sioux City Community Schools
The debate continues on K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa’s Governor wants to keep students in class. A recent survey teachers in the Sioux City Community School district showed only 10% wanted to continue with in-person learning. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explores the issue with a couple of long-time educator, union leader and school administrator. Bernie Scolaro, a school counselor at West High School in Sioux City, caught COVID-19 in early November. She spent three weeks at home recovering from the illness, as she also suffers from asthma. You can still hear the illness in her breath. “I feel better. But, I still have a little bit of a cough.” Scolaro, who is in her early 60s, isn’t sure exactly how she caught the virus, either from school or a neighbor who tested positive. “I did lunch duty and interacted with new students from out of state.” Scolaro says the school district is doing everything possible to try and keep students and staff safe, but
5 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
INTERVIEW: Sioux City Mayor Says "It's About Time" Iowa Increases C-19 Restrictions
New restrictions imposed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds kicked in Tuesday to try and reduce infection numbers and hospitalizations due to COVID-19. They include requiring masks in all public and state buildings in certain circumstances. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and he shared his thoughts on enforcement, the local hospital surge and pandemic fatigue as he faces an autoimmune disease putting him at higher risk for complications if he contracts the virus.
5 minutes | Nov 14, 2020
OPINION: SCCSD Board Members on Education Plan During the C-19 Pandemic
Emotions run high when it comes to education during COVID-19; parents with varying outlooks, teachers' unions worried about safety and school leader trying to balance health and education. Siouxland Public Media reached out to members of the Sioux City Community School District's Board of Directors for their opinions. Statement from Sioux City School Board Member Dan Greenwell: "We are mitigating the virus at the classroom, grade-level, and building when necessary. Yes, our community rate has changed, but our mitigation efforts are still working in the District. We are watching other buildings right now but they are not at a point where an application for any different model is necessary. We committed to this mitigation plan, and we should stick with it until the data indicates our efforts are not working. Additionally, our community (especially the part of our community with kids in school) does not like a hybrid model. It is too hard and confusing for them to deal with that and their
1 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Sioux City Teacher Union Leader Expresses More Concern Surrounding Voting in School Buildings
The head of the Sioux City Education Association again expressed concern about school buildings being used as voting locations. During Monday night’s Sioux City Community School Board meeting, union leader Kris Snavely urged board members to change future calendars to give students the day off during major elections. She suggested teachers participate in a professional development workday instead. Snavely first brought the issue up to the board last month after hearing polling places would take place in 15 buildings during the general election. Here’s part of her comments made to the Board of Education on November 9, 2020. School leaders said they did everything they could to keep the public away from students on election day.
2 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Sioux City Community School District Moves Closer to Virtual Learning
The Sioux City Community School District addressed increasing absences with staff and students due to COVID-19. Even though no official action was taken, Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer has more on the increasing concern with some school leaders when it comes to keeping students and staff safe. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Paul Gausman says some buildings in the district are getting close to moving to virtual learning only. The state of Iowa allows a school district to move to virtual learning if the 14-day positivity rate exceeds 15% with 10% absentee rates. Woodbury County’s level is 21.5%. Monday night, school leaders showed an absentee rate of more than 13% with teachers and a student level around 4%. These percentages include all illnesses. Gausman said one school building does have a student absentee rate of 9.6%. Gausman says some classrooms are already practicing virtual learning to prepare for a move. But, he doesn't favor hybrid learning with students in class two
7 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
GOING VIRAL: The Reblitz Family of Moville, An Update
Today we have an update from the Reblitz family in Moville. Their two school-age children attend Woodbury Central Schools. Their father Donny Reblitz is on the school Board. Their mother Stacey teaches at the elementary school. Today we learn that their son Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 and had some serious symptoms. For several weeks into the school year, the family had not been affected by the coronavirus, but recently, their son Jackson became ill and tested positive for the virus. Stacey says her son complained of a headache and came home from school and he soon became very ill.
6 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Pam Venturi in Isolation After Contracting COVID-19
Hospitalizations reached a record high once again in Iowa with health officials logging 1,400 more cases statewide and 90 more in Woodbury County on October 15, 2020. Pam Venturi is a single mother of five who believes she caught the COVID-19 from the long-term care facility where she works as a nurse. She tested positive almost a week ago and provided this update.
1 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Sioux City School Board Member Updates Family's Battle with COVID-19 - 10.6.20
Sioux City Community School Board Member Perla Alarcon-Flory provides Siouxland Public Media with an update on the battle her family faces with COVID-19 . She shared her story with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer. Perla Alarcon-Flory says her family, including husband and two daughters started coming down with symptoms of COVID-19 about two-weeks ago. Her husband’s condition progressively got worse with high fevers and vomiting. Nathan Flory ended up in the ER over the weekend, before an ambulance took him to a hospital in Omaha for testing and treatment. Alarcon-Flory says her daughters are on the mend, but she still feels the impact of the disease with coughing, headache, body aches and hives. Her husband spent two days in the hospital, lost 17 pounds in a week and is now home with a new diagnosis of diabetes. Alarcon-Flory wishes the rest of the community would take the disease seriously and follow mask guidelines like the Sioux City Community School District to reduce the
8 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Sioux City School Board Member Shares COVID-19 Experience - 9.29.20
One Sioux City Community School Board member and her family are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Perla Alarcon-Flory joined Monday night’s board meeting by phone and expressed her support to move to hybrid learning for students and staff in the district due to increasing cases of the virus in schools across the district. Alarcon-Flory shares her experience with COVID-19 and the impact of the disease on her life and her thoughts on providing students with the best educational opportunity during the pandemic. Perla Alarcon-Flory says he admires the efforts made by teachers and employees to serve and meet the needs of children in our community. She says COVID is scary and has been devastating for many, but there is hope, especially for younger people and for those with no underlying medical conditions and as a global society we will overcome the disease.
2 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Daisy Marquez and Family
Another family taking part in the Going Viral series is the Marquez family. They live in Sioux City. Daisy Marquez is the mother of four children. Two of them, girls, are learning virtually while spending time Girls, Inc. Daisy says the Girls, Inc. program has made it easy for her girls to learn distantly.
6 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Update on the School Year with Pam Venturi
Pam Venturi is a single mother of five between the ages of nine and 15. All of her children attend Catholic school in Sioux City. One battles lupus and stays at home for learning. She talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the school year and what she does to try and unwind during this stressful time. More information on the Pet Rock Band can be found here .
10 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Donny and Stace Reblitz on Quarantine
As part of our continuing series, "GOING VIRAL: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic," we once again speak with Donny and Stacey Reblitz of Moville. Donny is on the Woodbury Central School Board and Stacey teaches in the elementary school. Stacey and Donny talk about their fears about the lack of a facemask requirement at the schools. Their son Jackson had to stay home for a week in quarantine after he had contact with a another student who tested positive for the coronavirus.
6 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Donny and Stace Reblitz on Starting School
Donny Reblitz in on the Woodbury Central School District School Board and his wife Stacey is a teacher in the elementary school. They have a unique perspective on how issues like facemask mandates affect students, teachers and families. Their children Sadie and Jackson learned this first hand, when Jackson had contact with a fellow student who tested positive for the Coronavirus.
51 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Lessons Learned During The Pandemic Continued; LAMB Back Onstage and Online
This week on The Exchange, we have an update on our project, "GOING VIRAL": Lessons Learned During the Pandemic."
1 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
GOING VIRAL: Katie Hartnett Goes "Hybrid" 08.30.20
I asked my daughter Katie what she thought about the hybrid system that was in place in the Sioux City schools. She found it difficult to feel connected to instructors and other students. Katie is back now in person at North Middle School.
10 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
GOING VIRAL: The Reblitz Family of Moville
In this interview for the GOING VIRAL project, I talk with Donny Reblitz of Moville. We meet Donny and he tells us about his family. His wife Stacey Reblitz is a para-professional at Woodbury Central Schools. Their two younger children Sadie and Jackson attend school there. Donny is on the school board. Donny talks about his concern for his children's and his wife's safety. Stacey works in the elementary school.
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